Steven Guilbeault

Protecting species at risk, their habitat in BC

eAwaz Local News

Delta – Canada’s wildlife and its habitat are in crisis. The future of all living things depends on action taken now. Efforts to protect biodiversity and habitat for species at risk are vital to the health of the planet, and are a priority for the Government of Canada.

 Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, on behalf of Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced $260,000 over four years for Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust to carry out work that protects grassland habitat on agricultural land in Delta, British Columbia.

Only five percent of native grassland remains within the lower Fraser River Delta. Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust works with farmers to temporarily take fields out of agricultural production, plant native grasses, and set them aside as undisturbed grassland habitat for species at risk and species of other concern. This work targets four species: the great blue heron, the barn owl, the barn swallow, and the short-eared owl.

This is just one of the measures the Government of Canada is taking to protect nature as it prepares to welcome the world to Montréal in December 2022 for the fifteenth Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. The fifteenth Conference of the Parties presents an opportunity for Canada to demonstrate its leadership in taking action to conserve nature and halt biodiversity loss around the world.

“Delta has diverse wildlife and a vibrant natural landscape. It is vital that we protect and preserve it for generations to come. For over 25 years, Delta Farmland & Wildlife Trust has been working hard to preserve the beauty of the lands that surround the Fraser River. Today, we’re investing in these efforts to help protect and recover habitats that species at risk call home to ensure their survival, and help ecosystems thrive.” – Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion